This week in Winning Post

Handy stayer Ecuador surprised punters (he was $9 to $15) when he resumed on Christmas Eve with a win over 1400 metres in the December Handicap.

They're sure to be warier when the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained seven-year-old steps out over the same journey in this Saturday's Carrington Stakes at Randwick.

Early in 2014 Ecuador kicked off his campaign with successive wins over 1400 metres, but between then and Christmas Eve 2016 he hadn't won over less than 1800 metres.

Will he get the Carrington cash? Joel Marshall's preview leads this week's Winning Post, and as usual this edition will include Australia's best form coverage across three days.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for the Cranbourne and Canterbury night meetings plus Hamilton's day meeting, as well as fields, colours and selections for Tamworth, Canberra, Ipswich and the twilight action at Port Lincoln.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Eagle Farm in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Beaumont Newcastle (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings including Hobart Guineas day and Great Western Cup day plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post January 21 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Cranbourne (night), Canterbury (night), Hamilton
Moonee Valley, Randwick, Morphettville, Eagle Farm, Ascot, Yarra Valley (Vic/NSW/SA/Tas edition), Beaumont Newcastle (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Sale, Great Western, Wyong, Hobart
Would Winx win a Cox Plate against Might And Power, Sunline, Northerly, Saintly, Octagonal and Super Impose at their best?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Gold Coast Saturday - R3 N13 Havasay 6th
Gold Coast Saturday - R5 N11 Pioneering 16th
Gold Coast Saturday - R8 N16 Cellargirl 16th
Flemington Saturday - R8 N1 Master of Arts 4th
Letter of the Week

Upset in the Plate

I was surprised with the results for the Winning Post poll as to who would win a race between six past Cox Plate winning champions over 2040m at Mooney Valley.
I would expect the pace to be a cracker between Sunline and Might and Power, so I went for Northerly to swoop.
I didn’t know which eras whip rules would be allowed, but if anything goes, then Octagonal’s finish would be hard to withstand.
Saintly and Super Impose would be finishing hard, too, and neither would shock.
I’d expect the leaders to wilt a little late.
Something else that surprised me recently was the very short price ($2.20 after $1.50 early) for Back Caviar’s daughter Oscietra on debut.
Someone with a Betfair account and racing breeding history knowledge would’ve laid even Oscietra’s mother at that price on debut!
That said, she led easily for a long way and did impress. Before long, Oscietra will be more than handy.

• The six horses in our imaginary Cox Plate were Might And Power, Sunline, Northerly, Saintly, Octagonal and Super Impose. They “finished” in that order.


John Tutty
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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: